With the Christmas holidays looming, it’s always nice to have a few children’s activities at the ready to keep your little ones entertained while off school and nursery.
Here are some of our favourite Christmas break activities for the festive season this year.
Christmas baking ideas
You can’t go wrong with a bit of baking, and there are many different Christmas baking ideas to keep your children occupied throughout Christmas (you’ll also get to enjoy the freshly baked goods after!).
From making gingerbread people to baking a chocolate log, Christmas themed bakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are mostly pretty easy to make.
Grab some Christmas cookie cutters and make shortbread or another biscuit favourite, all before decorating it with icing in all the colours of Christmas. Create everything from Santa hats to Rudolph, presents to Christmas trees.
Your children could even help with the making of the Christmas cake this year! Once you have the ingredients out and a suitable recipe, the only parental assistance they’ll need will be with the oven.
Christmas crafts for kids
Christmas time is one of the best times of the year to get creative with crafting, with plenty of different things you can make with your children that can be reused every year.
DIY Christmas decorations are a great place to start: you can make streamers, baubles and other Christmas tree decorations yourself, as well as the likes of wreaths and ‘Santa please stop here’ signs to show in the windows.
Personalised Christmas cards handmade by your children make for a great Christmas card alternative for relatives and friends, and allow you to add the likes of family photographs and other personal touches that make them truly special.
As well as handmade Christmas cards, you can transform any one of the above easy Christmas crafts into personalised Christmas gifts! For example: making personalised baubles with family and friends’ names on.
For when the weather isn’t too much to deal with, outdoor-based activities allow you to have fun and get a bit of fresh air after being stuck inside all year. Wrap them up warm in new baby coats, jackets and cute organic baby jumpers and get outside!
While there might be a lack of Santa’s grottos and outdoor Christmas wonderlands open this year, there are still plenty of other things you can get up to outdoors (weather depending!).
Decorating the trees in your garden with leftover Christmas decorations and fairy lights makes your garden nice and Christmassy, as well as provides an afternoon’s worth of activities.
It’s also a nice idea to feed the birds in your garden with your children, showing them the real spirit of Christmas as you share birdseed and stock up any bird feeders ready for the cold.
One of our favourite outdoor activities at Christmas time is a Christmas light walk. Taking place at night, going for a walk around your local area with the children to spot all the Christmas lights will never fail to make them smile. There might be a few well-known, well-decorated houses in your neighbourhood, and extensively decorated homes and buildings will likely be raising money for local charities this Christmas time.
This is a great way to see outdoor Christmas lights without attending any specific events.
Indoor activities - for when the weather is bad!
Unfortunately, Christmas time brings winter weather, and it’s not always possible to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with your family.
However, that isn’t the end of all fun. There are loads of Christmassy things to do inside with your children this year, all of which are bound to make their Christmas season magical.
From playing board games to getting out the Christmas jigsaw puzzle, Christmas is made for enjoying all time spent indoors.
An indoor Christmas scavenger hunt is a great way to get your children excited about something in the run-up to Christmas. Hide little clues around your home and leave a nice surprise at the end (such as a treat or early Christmas present!) for the perfect morning activity.
If they haven’t done so already, help your children write a letter to Santa, whether that be to ask for gifts or just wish him well. You can set up your own Santa post box, or send it off to Santa’s official address:
With so much to do this Christmas, you don’t need to rely on events and other cancelled activities to enjoy the festivities.